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India Since Independence by V. Krishna Ananth

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II

The Emergence of Gandhi and the Nationalist Struggle

No matter to what part of the world one might go, one would find numberless people who look upon Gandhiji as the world’s greatest symbols of resistance to oppression and injustice and even solace in suffering, suffering that may have nothing to do with government and laws, suffering that may result out of the very fact of living.

—Ram Manohar Lohia, Marx, Gandhi and Socialism

The decision to partition Bengal was effected at a time when the Indian nationalist thought was already maturing into a concrete idea. The intelligentsia, as discussed in the previous chapter, was convinced by this time that the British rule was a stumbling block in the course of India’s development as a modern ...

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